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Friday, April 29, 2011


Mmm. Glossy printing.
I've posted this news a few other places, but Patch rightly pointed out that I should share it with my fellow PCS folks. A great fantasy/digital art magazine called ImagineFX did a nice little feature on my work this month. The magazine has some great contributors like Joao Ruas, John Howe and Justin Sweet so it was a real pleasure to have them print some of my pieces. Enjoy!

A Big Thanks.

Just wanted to follow up the Effigy Skateboard post with a BIG thanks. Dave Rankin has already made his $4,000.00 goal to make his decks for a summer release. Thank you to everyone that checked out the site, donated and spread the word. The project is still running and there are still some great paintings available if anyone is interested. Any extra dough will go towards shipping and what not. Dave is a great guy, this an awesome thing. Cheers!

Kung Fu Panda 2

I was hired by Ape Entertainment to do the back up stories for their upcoming Kung Fu Panda 2 books.

More pages and process posts at my blog

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Historic Trauma Cases # 3 by Jeffro

Recently I was given assignments to draw Steve Allen and Frédéric François Chopin for my job at Advance News Magazines. I thought it was interesting, both being piano players. I know very little about Steve Allen aside from the Tonight Show and the CDs I have with him playing as Jack Kerouac recites poetry. Steve is finished here in the style of all the other Historic Trauma illustrations...

I know even less of Chopin, but I like how intense he looks in the one known photograph that was thought to be taken in 1849, the year of his death. I referenced that photo, which can be found all over the internet. This drawing is still in its rough stages, but I wanted to give an early stage of the process before I pretty him up with ink and color. So this is Frederic as he now sits in my Moleskine sketchbook, waiting to become a final draft. This is usually what my final pencil sketches look like before I get feedback and approval from editorial staff...

I think I have John Lennon coming up in the next couple months. That will be some fun drawing time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Going Ape!

Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.

A commission i recently finished, had fun with this since "Planet of the Apes" is one of my all time favorite movies. Although General Ursus doesn't appear in the original film they wanted to include him in the piece, which is fine by me since he's awesome!

Also, anyone in the "Bean Town" area i'll be at the Boston Comic Con this weekend April 30th - May 1st in Artist Alley with fellow PCS members Scott Derby & Tom Whalen

Free Library Author Events: Daniel Clowes with Ben Katchor - Moderated by Chip Kidd

Daniel Clowes (Mister Wonderful: A Love Story) with Ben Katchor (The Cardboard Valise) - Moderated by Chip Kidd
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Cost: FREE
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

Called “the country’s premier underground cartoonist” (Newsweek) and “a bona-fide cult hero” (The New Yorker), Daniel Clowes is the multiple Harvey, Ignatz, and Eisner Award-winning creator of the alternative comic Eightball. His graphic novel Ghost World was adapted into an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated film directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring Thora Birch. With 40 pages of original material, Clowes’s new book Mister Wonderful collects the Eisner Award-winning story of hopeless bachelor Marshall as he struggles to impress his equally unstable blind date.

Ben Katchor is the author of the graphic novels The Jew of New York and The Beauty Supply District. His comics and drawings have appeared in Raw, Forward, Metropolis Magazine, and The New Yorker. Hailed as “the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip” by a reviewer for the New York Times, Katchor’s weekly comic strips include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, Hotel & Farm, and Shoehorn Technique. The Cardboard Valise—his first book in more than 10 years—follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus.

An art director at Alfred A. Knopf and editor-at-large for Pantheon, Chip Kidd's work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and is collected in the monograph Chip Kidd: Book One. He is the author of novels The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, and the nonfiction books Batman Collected and Bat-Manga! Kidd recently joined forces with Lisa Birnbach, the editor and one of the writers of the original The Official Preppy Handbook, on True Prep, an updated prep protocol for the modern age. Kidd's latest book is Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal.

Monster Mondays...

Just started a new post topic entitled Monster Monday. You can read about the inspiration for this little dude on my blog. Hoping to post a new monster pic every Monday.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Bugaloos

We're in the air and everywhere
Flyin' high
Flyin' loose
Flyin' free as a summer breeze
Happy as a summer breeze

For this month's theme Saturday Morning TV...

Some Doodles

Just some pieces i recently finished.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Warm Ups

Hey Folks. Much of what I'm working on these days are comic colors which I can't share until the release, but I thought I would throw up some of the warm ups I've started doing each morning in the studio. These pieces are done from landscape photos of national parks, portraits, paintings and one drawing of a character from my webcomic, Lineage, but done in the style of awesome artist Emily Carrol.

They're not the best pieces, to be sure, but I've been trying to get a better sense of atmosphere and value, while relying less on linework and pencil drawings in my work. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"You've Got Red on You" at

Hey, all you party people!
I've got another t-shirt design coming from the awesome folks at, this time inspired by one of the greatest Zombie films of all time. "You've Got Red on You" goes live on Tuesday, April 26th for 24 hours only. If you're interested, stop by on April 26th and check it out!
Thanks for the support!

A Day at the Beach

I have been extremely busy recently... and not that that's a bad thing! From commissions to logo design to other projects; it just doesn't seem to stop. Here is my most recent piece. It is a gift for a lovely little family & their day at the beach! Welp... back to it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fishtown Shad Fest 2011 - April 23 at Penn Treaty Park

This coming Saturday I will be at Penn Treaty Park (on Delaware Avenue) for Shad Fest 2011. This is the 3rd year I'd reserved a table. I hope the weather holds out and brings a crowd. I will have new Fishtown T-Shirts and ladies' softball tees for sale. I will also have some of my comic books I'd be happy to sketch in.

By far though, I think the most fun item I will have at my table is a limited edition silkscreen printed gig poster I illustrated for Shad Fest's headlining act, Black Landlord. For those who don't know Black Landlord, they are a full-on funk/hip-hop group based here in Philly led by Maxx S-Williams (formerly of The Goats and Incognegro). There will only be 100 prints. Each will be hand-signed and numbered and up for sale at the festival.

I went over different concepts with Maxx. We discussed several versions. One was a spoof on "Where the Wild Things Are" with him in the wolf suit on a boat labeled "MAXX". But we decided this concept, inspired by Slim Pickens' famous Dr. Strangelove scene, was way more fun (except we had him riding a giant fish instead of a bomb). Joannie helped me out with the blue and orange color scheme. I wanted something festive that'd pop on the white background. The awesome dudes at AwesomeDudes are making the screens and will be doing the printing this week, so we can have them hot off the press by the weekend.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Couple 'o Sketches

I've been hearing how great the Kuretake brush pen is for artists who want the versatility of inking with brush combined with the ease of using a dip pen. I couldn't get my hands on one but picked up the poor man's version: The Pentel Brush Pen. My first few tries with it are displayed. So far I like it. Not as precise as my speedball nibs but definitely fun.

Incidentally, these sketches feature new characters from my long-gestating graphic novel, Journeymen. See how I cleverly plugged a project under the guise of a harmless post?

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blog Updates

I've decided it was high time to toss up some sketchbook drawings onto my blog site and get off the political cartooning for a spell.  So, if you're interested, here's the link:
- Hart

Idle hands are the Devil's sex toys...

Hey folks! Hope all is well. Feeling too lazy to repost it all, so; bunch of new work HERE! Check it out!

Friday, April 15, 2011


In an attempt to do more editorial-type work, I have been keeping an eye out for stories in the news that I find particularly interesting...France's new Anti Veil Law is one of them.

If you're interested in seeing the story, here's CBS's take. I caught it Monday night on NBC's Nightly News, but couldn't find the clip.

Alternate color and original ink at my blog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dave Rankin and Effigy Skateboards.

Some of you folks are familiar with Dave Rankin. Many in our circle were classmates, students or saw Dave's work at the last Deck Heads Art Show at Exit Skate Shop.

Dave is an awesome dude. He was one of the first guys (along with Jeffro and Bob Dix) to invite me behind a table at a comic convention. As an upper upperclassmen his work was often featured in the display cases at school. He was even nice enough to show me how to add a bit of crimson to the nose and cheeks of a figure to make them pop. He is gracious and extremely talented.

Dave has recently embarked on a business venture that is his dream come true. He is launching Effigy Skateboards. If you know him, you know this is what he's all about. If you've seen his work, you know its a perfect fit.

Above: Dave's Kickstarter video for the launch of his Summer 2011 line of Effigy decks.

Below: The awesome decks for the 2011 Summer Release.

Burnt red fingertips.

For a while now I have been trying to compile (finish) all these weird portraits i have been doing since forever into one thing. So here is a small single piece of what has been taking up much of my free time (besides sleeping and building cardboard Conan swords).

Uncover what else is cooking in the crap oven

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Trying really hard...

SO I'm taking my time and playing around with Photoshop. I have been looking at a bunch of digitally colored illustrations and artists who have mastered coloring on Photoshop. I think I'm kinda getting the hang of it. Going to make this into a complete illustration in the near future, but this is what I got for now...

The Blabbing Baboon.

Some of the newer members to the PCS have yet to meet long-time member Rich Marcej. Rich's cartooning work has been featured on everything from toys, candy and greeting cards. Rich has worked at both Hallmark and Hasbro creating artwork for such classic properties as Transformers, Inhumanoids and Battle Beasts. Currently Rich divides his time between his day job at KNex and his daily comic The Blabbing Baboon.
I thought I would post a recent daily comic of his that featured a PCS get together a little while back. For the record Jeff's apartment isn't that small (it's cozy) and not everyone was drunk. If you really want to get to know Mr. Marcej check out his daily comic exploits here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Drawing and Comics Workshop with Amy Ignatow - Philadelphia Book Festival: April 13

Drawing and Comics Workshop with Amy Ignatow,
Creator of The Popularity Papers

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 4:00PM
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
Local author and longtime PCS member Amy Ignatow is an illustrator and teacher with a storied past that includes stints as everything from farmer to air-brush body artist. Her bestselling debut novel, The Popularity Papers, follows fifth-grade best friends Julie and Lydia on their quest to become popular. At this special comics workshop, Ignatow will teach children the art of drawing comics, as well as discuss and sign her own work.

For additional event information, call 215-685-7424.

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library | 125 South 52nd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19139-3408


April marks the 1 year anniversary of Ed Blammo's "Solid Good Times" parties at Medusa Lounge. If you've been looking over the blog in the last year I'm sure you've seen some of the posters I've been creating for him. Above is this month's which is going to be a 19 x 25 screenprint. On the 23rd Masthead is hosting a year retrospective of my poster work for Ed plus there's an afterparty at Medusa with the original SGT lineup. Be sure to swing by for some prints, sweet tunes and as always, free beer.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lack of drive: Need to draw something=superheroes?

Hey Gang,

Twice in the last 2 weeks I have gone down to my studio space (a.k.a the two folding tables tables in my basement) and have resolved myself to draw something. Many sheets of paper later and the only things i bring to completion happen to be these two super hero pieces, one with characters I made up on the fly, one of the boy wonder himself Robin. For some reason the super hero drawings get me to finish up stuff...but I think I need to make myself branch out and try to finish up some pieces on different subject matter (and perhaps with backgrounds?).


Friday, April 8, 2011

We miss Philly Jazz!!!!!

Crowd Pleasers cartoon by Andrew Hart

Howard Candie oil painting by Andrew Hart

Cliff Lamar oil painting by Andrew Hart

Nate Wiley oil painting by Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart (PCS Cofounder whose cartoon and paintings appear above) called me tonight from Bob & Barbara's (15th & South), a place that was very much at one time the official club house of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society. Sadly, living the grown-up lives that most of us are reluctantly leading, we don't get out there weekly like we once did as young, hungry cartoonists. We still manage to get in there at least once a month, and the staff and regulars still know us and treat us swell. But some nights I miss the old haunts. I miss Nate Wiley and Cliff Lamar especially. Several PCS members had the honor of being pallbearers at Nate Wiley's funeral.

Before we adopted Bob & Barbara's as our club house, we'd frequent a bunch of other clubs. So tonight I dug out a couple documents from the jazz haunts that me, Andrew and some of the PCS folks used to hit up in the early days of the group. Although it was high end, if someone like Freddy Cole, Andy Bey, or Ahmad Jamal was coming to Philly, it was worth forking out the dough to go to Zanzibar Blue on Broad Street. I think it's some kind of sports bar these days. But a short few years ago, it was a great place to see out of town big names in a closed-in setting. I did the pencils and inks of this drawing in a small sketchbook at Zanzibar when Andrew and I saw Ahmad Jamal there in 1998. I did the colors later at home in marker. Ahmad made that piano sound like an orchestra.
I did the flier below for the also sorely-missed Ortlieb's Jazz Haus. When Pete Souders ran Ortlieb's, I heard some of the best jazz Philly had to offer: Bootsie Barnes, Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Sid Simmons, Roger Prieto, the list goes on and on. We'd go to Ortlieb's a lot. It was a great hang with great music, good food. If you knew Ortlieb's, you can probably tell that the cat in this drawing is based on haus band bass player Mike Boone and you'll recognize the water buffalo from the taxidermy that hung over the bar.
Although I am told there are a handful of good jazz clubs around the city, I really miss these places. They were a significant part of the group's history. If anyone has any advice on good Philly jazz clubs where it's affordable and comfortable to draw, let us know. It's good to switch up the scene from time to time.

Locust Moon Comics April Drink & Draw

Stopped at Locust Moon Comics (404 Locust Street) for a little bit last night. They were having their April “Drink n’ Draw” event that stretched way into the late night, so I tipped in briefly after work. A great group of folks there who love to draw and talk comics. There was some home brew in blue bottles and a lot of sketchbooks being passed around.

Chris Stevens knows his stuff and has a genuine love for the artform. He talks up artists from Charles Burns to Winsor McCay. Original art from Art Adams, Farel Dalrymple, and many other comics artists fill the walls. Locust Moon also has one of the best indy sections I’ve ever seen in any comics shop. Today, Eisner Award-winning comics letterer Todd Klein will be appearing at Locust Moon for a signing. Stop in and say hello. Looking forward to the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society’s “Septa Hobo” event in the spring where we will meet at Locust Moon at the end of the day for a BBQ. Stay tuned for more info…
Locust Moon Logo by Farel Dalrymple

R. Crumb's SI Show...

I think we can all agree that milk is offensive. Love me a crumb interview.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Allow Myself to Introduce Myself

Hello..for those of you who don't know me, I'm Julie. Sam Heimer, fellow Autumn Society member was kind enough to invite me to this group recently, and I am thrilled as I've been a fan for a while!

Though I'm not sure if I would ever call myself a "cartoonist", my work has been called "cartoonish" and I undoubtedly draw a lot of influence from cartoon greats. Two of my favorite artists are Raymond Pettibon and R. Crumb.

Here's a screenprint I did recently while in a silkscreen class at Fleisher. It was gleaned from a sketch from my college days. Hope you like it.

"Skinny Minnie", 8.5 x 12.5" on French paper
Prints available in my Etsy shop

Thanks for having me!


Gravedigger by Jeffro

I did this in colored Microns in a small Moleskine while sitting in a waiting room yesterday. If you'd like to read more about the drawing, please CLICK HERE.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Linear Sketch... Possible Digital Coloring?

So my roomie and I were talking about religious stories. And, since she grew up in a Hindu community, I'd thought I'd make a lil sketch on a story she's told me a few times.

This is an "excerpt" of the story of Ganesh after his father, Shiva, chopped off his head, not knowing that it was his son since Shiva never met Ganesh. Shiva went out to fight a battle of the gods when his wife was pregnant with Ganesh. During that time, Shiva had a mistress, Kali, the goddess of time (depicted), which I like to associate as a goddess of death. She is very angry, shows no mercy, and she is hungry (literally) to destroy, for her tongue is always sticking out (she wears the heads of the dead around her neck).

All in all, when Shiva came back from the war, Ganesh, the god of welcoming, ironically didn't allow what he didn't know was his father to see his mother. Shiva, not knowing that Ganesh is his son, chopped off his head. Of course, he found out that it was his son, so Shiva went out into the jungle, only to find the hunted remains of an elephant. Long story short, Shiva took the head and replaced Ganesh's, bringing him back to life which he then continues to be the god of welcoming.

thats all folks!